14562 days ago
I love going on vacation! Everything about it, from booking the vacation, the flight, checking into a resort, and of course finding new places to eat.
Perhaps I’ll do a write-up in the future on how to get great deals and even stay for free at some of the nicest resorts in the world. Today I want to talk to you about how to enjoy a vacation.
I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, a vacation meant doing things. You went somewhere, and you planned out activities daily: hiking, horseback riding, going for a drive, theme parks, or visiting some famous site. These memories carried over with me as an adult, and when my wife and I first started to vacation, we did the same thing, booked out daily activities and hit it hard while on vacation. Of course, like many people reading this, we would come home exhausted saying things like, “I need a vacation from my vacation.”
One year we went to Avila Beach California and stayed at the San Luis Bay Inn (http://sanluisbayinn.com/). There is a small beach town, a short walk from the resort. There are probably two restaurants, a few wine bars, gift shops, and a small market. Overall, not much to do. So instead of booking out all kinds of activities and outings, we simply went to the beach, took 3 hour mid-day naps, and lounged around at the pool or went for a nice walk on the beach in the evening. We did this for 7 days, and it honestly changed my entire outlook of vacation for the rest of my life!
One thing that stood out after that vacation is that it felt like a full week, and I didn’t want to leave. I remember taking previous vacations that would just fly by, you felt almost robbed since you were so busy, we would never even get to check out the amenities at the resort that we paid for. Or when we went to buy groceries but didn’t get a chance to BBQ since we were so busy being out of the area doing something.
I got a reminder of this feeling in Orlando last June, we were hitting theme parks every day for a week. I remember the first week flying by, literally like we had just arrived, but our vacation was 7 days old. I turned to my wife and told her that we have to get back in control of this vacation, we have to stop doing so much. Once we slowed it down, we were able to fully enjoy the benefits of our resorts and time together.
My advice to you is to go on a vacation and make no other plans. Unless of course you are trying to do something that needs a 6 month booking, like swimming with a whale shark in Georgia (on my to do list).
Show up to your next vacation and experience the feeling of parking your car or rear end on the resort property and reside there for days or even weeks.
It feels great to have a full day with no schedule. If you want to swim, then swim or relax and watch a movie. Go for a hike or talk to the resort about things to do, make up your mind when you want to and never be tied down to a pre-planned schedule.
Try this for a few days or weeks and I promise you, you will leave your vacation feeling refreshed and full of life.